first impression in Taipei was great. i love seeing the people treating one another, full of manners and very fashionable, too. from hotel to town, i enjoyed the ride all the way to Taipei 101. the road were clear from bad traffic, non were speeding especially when the traffic lights turns to yellow.
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when the bus ride came to a stop, i had to use an underground path to cross a big road, and i was amused when noticed everyone was standing only at one side of the escalator, allowing the other side to be used by whoever who were rushing. not a single of them purposely or accidentally block the ‘fast lane’ if you may call it. here in KL, i’ve never seen any as such except at the Ampang Jaya and Masjid Jamek underground LRT Stations. then again, not all the time.
i spend about a few hours sightseeing and window shopping around Taipei 101, and i simply fall in love with Taipei and their people. this is the third place i fell in love with, after Bali and Phuket.
a month later i went to New Delhi for the 4th times, and as usual there’s no other attraction place to go for shopping except Janpath and Sarojini, the market almost like China Town. of course there are few shopping malls around town.
Being in New Delhi is like being in Jakarta it seems. i see huge gaps between the people, too rich and too poor. but in any way, they try hard to do anything to get money, including begging for visitors to buy their selling items, in some cases. i dont know, maybe it was just a gimmick. people in Delhi speaks english very well that communication gets so easy, unlike Taiwan, China and Japan where there is always communication barrier. labor costs in Delhi is so cheap but at their market, you have to bargain well to get your desired items at a good price. bargaining here is harder compare to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Bali.
what to buy in Sarojini and Janpath? to me, every market is the same. get anything you want, or just dont get any. i enjoyed sightseeing more than shopping. i hate travel with huge luggage.
then a couple of days ago, i went to Incheon, Korea. it’s winter and i have never experienced weather condition below 10 degree Celsius. when i was at the airport, everything seems ok to me, with a winter coat. but once i stepped outside, the super cold weather gets into my body and makes me shaking all the way to my transport. yeah it was just about 20 feet away and i already cant stand it.
i know it’s almost a trend to take a photo with snow, but i just couldnt take it. friends invite me to have a look around town. i said okay, although i know i’m gonna be shaking all the way. so we took a 1 hour bus ride to town. i was thinking of window shopping in a shopping complex under a controlled temperature, but here too, they have a market just like what we have here in Petaling Street and Delhi has in Sarojini.
the market is bigger than i thought, and price is not so bad. not much bargain can be done but the offered price is already acceptable, though we hope to get a better price of course.
it was so freaking cold and i cant stand it anymore that i had to buy another winter coat and i need a snow cap too. but sadly all the money changer around here do not accept Malaysian Ringgit for exchange. then i had to borrow from a friend and only managed to get an ear cover (i dont know what you call it though) at KW3,000 which after conversion is roughly around RM10
oh, not to forget, the winter cloth is not mine. this i hope, will be the last time i experience winter. i just cant stand the temperature. of course people love the white color of winter, but to embrace such weather, is not so nice after all. soon after i got back, all my body was aching.